Lady Texans ready for second half

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The Northwest volleyball team made it a clean sweep last week to improve to 5-2 through the first half of district play, and coach Dayna Horak said she is feeling good about how her team has performed to this point.

The Lady Texans played Richland on Tuesday after the press deadline; see for the result. They will square off with Haltom at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night at Haltom High School.

“On any given night in our district, if you are not ready to play, Haltom can upset you,” Horak said. “We're just going to the game with that attitude and focused on winning.”

Horak said the game against Fossil Ridge was not as easy as the 3-0 score may have indicated on Friday.

“We had to go in focused and ready to play against Fossil Ridge,” Horak said. “They are capable of upsetting any team in district, so we had to make sure we were on our A game.

“Defensively, we seemed to be picking things up. Dig percentages are going up, and we've been really focusing in on defense in practice and it seems to be paying off.”

Horak said she had several players have strong efforts against the Lady Panthers.

“Kayla Knaust led with 10 kills in the game and Tessa Harfield had seven,” Horak said. “Digging-wise, we had Brooke Martin finish with nine and Shelby Stinnett get six in the game.”

Northwest is 5-2 and in third place in the district standings heading into the second half of district competition, and Horak said she is pretty pleased with how things have unfolded as a whole.

“Other than losing that match to Keller Central, I felt like we did what we should do in the first round,” Horak said. “In this second round, we have to stay focused and take one game at a time and try to continue to get better.”

•  Over at Byron Nelson, the Lady Bobcats wrapped up their first half of district competition on Friday night with a 3-0 victory over Lake Dallas.

Nelson defeated Brewer 3-0 last Tuesday to contribute to the Lady Bobcats’ 6-1 overall first-half record, with their only loss coming to Denton Guyer by a score of 3-1.

Nelson opened the second half of district play with Azle on Tuesday night and will host Guyer at 6:30 p.m. this coming Friday at Byron Nelson High School.

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